Category Archives: Salvation

What is salvation? How is it achieved? What does it mean?

Do you think that increased violence in the American society is related to gay marriage laws passed by the US Supreme Court?

It seems like it is impossible to turn on TV, these days, without witnessing some horrible crime.  Today was no exception.  See what happened today that captured the national attention:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/26/reports-two-dead-virginia-shooting-live-tv/32391633/

A man shot and killed journalists on live TV, as to show the world that His life is worth “a damn.”  It is sad and tragic that people find increasingly violent ways to show the world that their lives are worth something.

Of course, the Bible shows us that our lives have value when we accept Jesus Christ and we become children of God by being born-again.  Jesus Christ gives new identity for those who accept Jesus Christ as God and Savior.

In the good old days, when America respected the Bible and prayed in the schools and other social settings, there was less “crazy” violence.  But as American society became more and more secularized, not only did American society become more violent, but the nature of violence took on a whole new tone and texture.  Parents killing children.  Children killing parents.  People killing in movie theaters.  Now, people killing on live TV, as to create their own “snuff film”.

Is this societal development unexpected and irrational?

For Christians, such “crazy” developments are rational and expected, because the wages of sin is death, and society that intentionally excludes the Word of God will become more and more violent and “crazy.”

In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus Christ promises:  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”

Mr. Vester Flanagan would have found rest for his soul with Jesus Christ in his heart … but unfortunately, Mr. Flanagan had the misfortune of living in 2015 America, where speaking about Jesus Christ in the public space is socially unacceptable, if not illegal in some settings.  When evangelism becomes “hate crime”, the weary souls become more and more weary, and the society erupts into violence and chaos.

Will this be the last “crazy” act?  Obviously not, since the United States of America has decided to take the Bible out of every public space and exclude Jesus Christ in its laws.

In a direct way, the United States Supreme Court decision to force all Americans to accept gay marriage is directly responsible for the perpetuation of violence in society.  A society which stands against the Bible and the morality of the Bible will descend into chaos and violence. This is an absolute certainly.

When Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Linsey Graham says, “Just obey the law, damn it!” (in effect!) and give credence and authority to the United States Supreme Court to oppose the Bible publicly and officially, the Republican Party and its representatives are directly responsible for this very violence and all the other exponentially more horrific violence that is most absolutely certain to come in the future in all 50 United States.

When you take Christ out of 50 states, officially by law, and force all 50 states to oppose the Bible and Bible morality (in the case of gay marriage) by the force of national law, you have to expect God to punish the nation.

One way God punishes the nation is by making the nation descend into chaos and violence.

 

Does God want to save everyone?

Modern Secular Humanism has influenced the heart of American Christianity, unfortunately.  It is the Humanistic Worldview that states that everyone in the world should be loved and everyone in the world should be helped.  You hear even the so-called Bible-believing pastors saying things like, “God loves everyone!” or “God wants to save everyone!”  This is just untrue, when you read the Bible.  These so-called Bible-believing preachers have been influenced by Modern Secular Humanism that places human beings at the center of everything.  America’s Christianity needs to go back to the Bible and see what the Bible is teaching.  The Holy Bible clearly shows that God does not want everyone to be saved, and God does refuse to send evangelists/missionaries to some people.  Bible is about God and centralizes the glory of God, but Secular Humanism is elevates the people and the needs of the people as the most important.  God built Hell, a place of eternal damnation where some people go to suffer eternal and infinite torture, because this brings God glory and this pleases God.  God also is glorified when those who humble themselves before the Word of God and accept Jesus Christ as their personal LORD and Savior go to eternal life in Heaven, to enjoy the eternal bliss of eternal paradise.  God receives glory from both:  people going to Eternal Holocaust in Hell, and people going to eternal life in Heaven.  In other words, God wants some people to go to Hell and some people to go to Heaven.  What people does God want to go to Hell?  Those who reject Jesus Christ as their personal LORD God and Savior.  In short, God is happy when those who reject the divinity of Jesus Christ go to suffer in the Eternal Torture Chamber of Hell.  This concept is clearly outlined all over the New Testament, from the Book of Matthew to the Book of Revelations.  Have a look at Luke 16:19-31.  This Bible passage clearly shows that God takes pleasure in sending people who reject Jesus Christ into Hell, and their relatives as well.  If you are influenced by Secular Humanism, then you will want to send missionaries/evangelists to the relatives of the Rich Man, but then, this is because you do not have a Christian worldview; rather, you have a Secular Humanistic Worldview, like a lot of the unbiblical preaches in America’s churches of today.  Why do you think that America is so far away from the Bible?  Because many of America’s pastors have become agents of Secular Humanism, rather than Servants of God, upholding the principles of the Word of God, which is the Bible.

Do you think Ex-US President Jimmy Carter will go to Hell?

Obviously, cancer brings much suffering.  It can be days, but most likely, it will be months of suffering or years of suffering before the cancer-ridden body expires.  So, Mr. Carter has some time to repent.  If Mr. Carter repents and again upholds the Bible position, he could go to Hell. But you are asking about Mr. Carter dying without changing his position of supporting gay marriage laws of the United States of America.  The Bible is clear on the issue of homosexuality.  Anybody with an elementary education can see that God killed every living organism in Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality.  The New Testament attacks homosexuality in no unclear terms.  The Bible has zero tolerance for homosexuality.  In this regard, it is safe to conclude that anyone (including Mr. Carter) will go to Hell, if he does not repent.  It’s like any law.  If you rob a liquor store, then you will go to jail, if you get caught.  With God, everyone gets caught; no one falls through the cracks.  Anyone who supports USA gay marriage laws will go to eternal damnation in Hell.  The New Testament emphasizes that the fear of the LORD is beginning of wisdom.  In the New Testament, Jesus Christ demands that people fear God, because God can (and will!) kill the body and send people to Hell (eternal damnation in eternal Hellfire).  In Matthew 10:28, Jesus Christ demands:  “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Many TV evangelists are wrong to say that God of the New Testament is to be loved, but not to be feared.  The New Testament demands that Christians fear God.  Christians must remember that Jesus Christ who is God will kill your physical body through cancer, car accident, other disease, natural disasters, etc., when you do not submit to God’s Law, and Jesus Christ will send you to eternal damnation in eternal Hellfire, if you do not repent and turn away from gay marriage law support to supporting the Holy Bible’s opposition against homosexuality in all forms.

Did Jesus Christ come to bring peace on earth?

Many people in America think that Christianity is compatible with peace and love for all. Unfortunately, some TV preachers propagate a wrong idea about Christianity and about Jesus Christ. Secular World View emphasizes global peace and harmony, even at the expense of excluding Jesus Christ from national and state laws and from American public life.  For secular humanism, the most important thing is for humans (the center of the world) to exist in peace and harmony.  Secular humanism’s priority is unity of human beings and love among human beings.  This is a far cry from the teachings of the Gospels of Jesus Christ. But unfortunately, many TV preachers have become agents of Secular World View, rather than Christ-centered, Gospel World View. Anyone who emphasizes “unity” must be treated with extreme prejudice, because “unity” is the code word of secular humanism, that puts human beings at the center of the universe, rather than God.  The Bible is very different from the focus of Secular World View.  How do we know what the Bible world view is?  Obviously, it is through reading the Bible. What does the Gospel teach about global peace and unity?  Is this what Christ wants for the world?  Jesus Christ clearly states in a contrary way in Luke 12:51:  “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.”  Jesus Christ in His own words states that He came to bring division on earth and take away peace.  Unity and peace are not what Christ wants on earth.  So, next time you hear your favorite TV preacher says something like, “Christ loves unity”, you know that he is either lying to you or is being a politician. Politicians want peace and unity, so that they can control you and your family.  Politicians are interested in quashing dissent, and they will try to manipulate human theology/ideology to achieve total submission of the populace.  There is a reason why the Roman democracy executed St. Paul and other apostles of Jesus Christ. They obeyed Christ and fought against unity and peace in the democratic empire of Rome. They opposed homosexuality in society and proclaimed that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and eternal life. Thus, they were charged for “Hate Crimes” by a democracy that wanted harmony, unity, and peace, according to the Secular World View.

Is there pain in Hell?

For over 2,000 years of the history of Christianity, the existence of Hell has been emphasized.  There is a reason for this. The Holy Bible clearly emphasizes the existence of Hell.  But some people in modern day America try to say that Hell does not exist, because a loving god will not allow human beings to suffer.  Nothing could be further from the truth. We are talking about God, who made a simple command:  “Don’t eat the fruit from a tree (of the knowledge of good and evil).” When Adam and Eve violated this simple and plain command, God could have just said, “Forget-about-it!  It’s just a fruit!  I tell ya what.  Just eat the fruit.  I am not going to forbid anything, since I am God and I am a nice, loving guy.”  But God did not do this.  God gave Adam and Eve capital punishment.  In other words, the violation of eating a fruit was death – real, physical death.  We are talking about a supreme being who has no respect for human life.  There is no sanctity of human life with God.  Otherwise, he would not have taken the life for Adam and Eve for something that seems so trivial as eating a fruit.  Yeah, he made that illegal, but it seems like the kind of violation like telling a white lie.  Lying is sin, ain’t it?  But white lie is so small and it does make the other person feel good.  So, in the whole scheme of the world and big creation of God, how significant can eating a piece of fruit be?  But God gave Adam and Eve capital punishment – literally, a death sentence – for eating a piece of fruit, just because it violated God’s Law, which is simply put “whatever God tells us not to do.”  So, we can see a picture of God, here.  God was not being cruel, just to be kind. God was being cruel to be cruel, and that is the prerogative of God as the Supreme Being.  After Adam, every human being is born with original sin, and thus condemned to eternal damnation. Doesn’t this beg the question:  If God just said – “It’s okay, Adam and Eve. I love you, and I forgive you.  You don’t have to die.  I change my mind.” – then, Adam and Eve would not have had to die.  No other human being would have been born with sin and be, de facto, sentenced to eternal damnation.  But obviously, there is more to God than the simple statement:  “God is love.”  God is far more complex than that, and that is a part of the awesomeness of God.  God is not a simpleton or a one-dimensional being that some Christians reduce Him to. God is far greater, far more awesome.  And Hell is something that shows how complex God is.  We are talking about a everlasting, forever place, whose primary purpose is eternal torture with absolutely no possibility of redemption or salvation (after the Second Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment).  How could a loving God create such a place? No redemption!  Can you imagine that?  After the Second Coming of Christ, there is no chance for you to repent and get out of Hell.  Or if you are hit by a truck tomorrow and die.  You have no chance after that to get out of the eternal damnation in Hell.  Obviously, if you think that you are headed to this eternal torture chamber with absolutely zero possibility of redemption, you would like to know what such a place will be like.  I understand.  To answer your question in simple terms, the answer would be “Yes.”  There will be a lot of pain in Hell.  In fact, God will give all the people who will go to eternal damnation in Hell a new resurrected body, so that they can experience the pain of burning for eternity without ever burning up.  There is absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel.  It will be torture after torture after torture … forever!  Call it “Operation Infinite Justice of God”.  Imagine being waterboarded for eternity in Quantico or Guantanamo Bay.  That’s nothing compared to what’s in store in Hell.  It is so horrible there that Jesus Christ, who is God, who actually made the place, describes Hell in this way:  “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:42). Have you seen a Rambo-like Marine or Special Forces Delta commando weep like a baby and gnash his teeth?  Well, if you go to Hell, you will see such a thing, for eternity.  Oh, I guess we are forgetting something, here, aren’t we?  You will be in so much pain in Hell, and you will be weeping like a baby and gnashing your teeth that you will not be able to divert your attention away from your own pain to the person near you.  Everyone is suffering infinite pain in his or her aloneness for eternity in Hell.  So, you can be next to someone, but you will be focused on your own pain. Hell is an eternal torture chamber that the God of the Bible has designed, and you can flip through the Gospels to see what kind of people go there.  Make a checklist and make sure you don’t end up in Hell.  It’s a lot more important than applying for a job or a promotion.

Do true Christians doubt Christ ever?

The New Testament shows that true Christians can have moments of doubt, even about Jesus Christ. This is clear from when John the Baptist was imprisoned.  John the Baptist had his doubts, so he sent messengers to ask Jesus Christ, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus Christ understood that humans (even preachers) can have moments of weakness, so Christ sent reassurances to John the Baptist that He is the Divine Messiah. If you are a Christian who has moments of doubt, that does not  necessarily mean that you are not truly born-again.  It is possible for you as a human being to have moments of weakness.  But the important thing is for you to seek reassurances from God as John the Baptist did and ask God to give you faith.

John the Baptist in prison

Is everyone a child of God?

Many people like to say that all humans are children of God.  Although God creates everyone and ultimately God is the Creator of all things, it is incorrect to say that every human being is a child of God.  How do we know this?  Jesus of Nazareth taught us that not everyone is a child of God.  If you are shaking your head, right now, it is because you have been influenced by secular, humanistic love concept that emphasizes that God loves all and God is the father of all. That is more a pagan idea, than a Christian idea. Bible shows what the Christian concept is.  We know that not everyone is a child of God, because God calls some people children of the Devil. You cannot be both a child of God and a child of Satan, can you?  In John 8:44, Jesus Christ says to the Jews who do not accept Him as God:  “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.”  We see from this claim of Jesus Christ that not everyone is a child of God.  Only those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and God are the children of God.

Can Jews be saved without accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior?

Some Christians think that there is a different way that Jews will be saved – a way that is different from other people. Under this impression, some Christians think of Jews and Israel as special and some even call themselves “Christian Zionists”.  But the Bible is clear.  Everyone, whether Jew or Gentile, are saved by Christ alone. Everyone has to, out of their own free will, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior God and believe that it was the death of Jesus Christ on the cross that redeems them.  Those who do not believe this will not be saved. in other words, anyone who does not believe that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, who died and rose from the death on the cross in order to save humans, will be going to eternal damnation in Hell. Thus, all Jews (and Gentiles!) who do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior God will be spending eternity in everlasting torment, torture, suffering, and unquenchable burning fire.  Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.  All other religions – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Janism, etc. – lead to eternal damnation. In John 14:6, Jesus Christ declares:  ““I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Only Jesus Saves.  Another Christian ministry also has good response to this question; follow this link: http://www.gotquestions.org/Jews-saved.html.  (Note: One point of disagreement with Got Question Ministry is that historically Catholic and Protestant Christians have argued that God rejected Jews as His Chosen People when Jews, according to the Gospels, killed God’s Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ and rejected Him. These Christians point to 70 AD, when Israel was completely destroyed by Roman democracy as proof.  Jews were dispersed for 2,000 years until the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.) 

Arch of Titus in Jerusalem